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SENATE From the Senate Office
January 30, 2007, Volume 53, No. 20

The following is published in accordance with the Faculty Senate Rules. Among other purposes, the publication of SEC actions is intended to stimulate discussion among the constituencies and their representatives. Please communicate your comments to Sue White, executive assistant to the Senate Office, either by telephone at (215) 898-6943, or by e-mail at senate@pobox.upenn.edu.

Faculty Senate Executive Committee Actions
Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Chair’s Report.  Faculty Senate Chair Vincent Price reported that the Faculty Senate Founder’s Day Symposium was a huge success and thanked all involved. Senate Committees’ activities were reviewed:  SCOA continues work on the Temporary Exclusion Policy, SCOF has had difficulty examining Non-Standing Faculty titles and SCESF has had problems obtaining tables since there is no full-time Director for the Office of Institutional Research and Analysis. Future SEC meetings include: Provost Ron Daniels and Vice Provost for Research Steven Fluharty in February, possibly Vice Provost and Director of Libraries H. Carton Rogers III in March, Dean of Admissions Lee Stetson in April, and Vice President of Facilities and Real Estate Anne Papageorge in May.

Past Chair’s Report.  Faculty Senate Past Chair Neville Strumpf updated the Executive Committee on the work of the Academic Planning and Budget Committee. Vice Provost for Research Steven Fluharty presented an update on NIH funding and will be making recommendations.     

Update on Capital Campaign Planning.  Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations John H. Zeller presented an update on the upcoming multi-billion dollar capital campaign set to publicly begin next fall at the University of Pennsylvania.  Deans and Center Directors began the planning process for the campaign two years ago by creating a preliminary list of funding needs that has led to a refined set of working priorities that are focused on endowment to support faculty, undergraduate, graduate and professional student aid, new and renovated facilities, and term funds for ongoing programs. The level of support and interest in the messages and priorities is being tested to explore donor reaction and feedback with a public kickoff to be held in October 2007. 

Discussion and vote of “Just Cause.”  Faculty Senate Chair Vincent Price presented the background and status of the “Just Cause” revision explaining that SEC formally voted on this in May 2006; this vote is just for the word change in 6.D. from “may elect to” to be changed to “shall.”  SEC members voted in favor of the language change after much discussion about the pros and cons.

Senate Committee on Committees.  SEC members voted to select seven members for the 2007 Committee on Committees.

Almanac - January 30, 2007, Volume 53, No. 20